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English noun: maternity

1. maternity (state) the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus


Synonymsgestation, pregnancy


Broader (hypernym)physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state


Narrower (hyponym)eccyesis, ectopic gestation, ectopic pregnancy, entopic pregnancy, extrauterine gestation, extrauterine pregnancy, gravida, gravidation, gravidity, gravidness, metacyesis, para, parity, placenta previa, trouble


Part holonymchildbed, cleavage, confinement, labor, labour, lying-in, morning sickness, parturiency, quickening, segmentation, travail


Domain category membersamnio, amniocentesis, endometrium, fetal movement, foetal movement, phlebothrombosis, stretch mark, venous thrombosis

2. maternity the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother


Synonymsmotherhood


Broader (hypernym)family relationship, kinship, relationship

3. maternity (attribute) the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother


SamplesThe girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children.


Synonymsmaternal quality, maternalism, motherliness


Broader (hypernym)parental quality


Attributematernal









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